The distress caused by environmental change

Solastalgia is a concept developed to give greater meaning and clarity to environmentally induced distress. As opposed to nostalgia--the melancholia or homesickness experienced by individuals when separated from a loved home--solastalgia is the distress that is produced by environmental change impacting on people while they are directly connected to their home environment.

Australas Psychiatry. 2007;15 Suppl 1:S95-8